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I am 7 months post TKR and my knee is very loose. Lots of clicks and clunks and instability. If I extend my knee from a 90 degree position to full extension my foot looks like it is traveling in an "S" pattern. My upper patella tendon is sore all the time and after sitting for a while, when I stand, I have to slowly put weight on my leg with the TKR for a few seconds before I can take any steps. I call it "pre-loading" my knee.
I saw a nurse practitioner Friday and will follow up with my surgeon today but they are already talking about putting in thicker pads to tighten up the knee. This has me very upset and depressed.
 
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:welome: to BoneSmart and your own, personal recovery thread.

This has me very upset and depressed.
I don't blame you, it's tough.
will follow up with my surgeon today
In addition I'd find a revision specialist (a guy who corrects others' mistakes) who has no connection with your original surgeon. This will of course cost money, but may well buy you what is actually priceless, peace of mind if he is of the same opinion as your current surgeon.

General reading for all TKR people in recovery:

Knee Recovery: The Guidelines

1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary

2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you​
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​

4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

6. Access these pages on the website

The Recovery articles:

There are also some cautionary articles here


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While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
 

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Welcome to Bonesmart. Please tell us which knee it was and the exact date of your surgery. We'll add to your signature for you. Knowing these things will help us to be able to better advise you in your knee recovery journey.
 

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I saw a nurse practitioner Friday and will follow up with my surgeon today but they are already talking about putting in thicker pads to tighten up the knee. This has me very upset and depressed.
Of course you're upset and worried. You thought that the knee replacement would be a one-time surgery and now you may have to have another surgery. Anyone in your situation would feel the same way.

Having the plastic spacer between the metal components of your knee replaced would involve opening up your knee again, but it is a relatively simple surgery and it won't take as long to recover from as your original surgery.

Do let us know what your surgeon says, won't you?
We'll be here, to support you through this. :friends:
 

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